Monday, June 03, 2013

Where to find ancient manuscripts?

Some recent examples confirm Head’s rule - that the best place to look for ancient manuscripts is in a library (previous examples include P52, Luther’s lectures on Romans, the Archimedes Palimpsest):


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  2. Wow! A 12th century scroll! I wonder what other treasures are tucked away in ancient libraries and monasteries?! Writings of Papias? Lost books from Tacitus or Plutarch?

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  4. This is one argument for them that they can never defend. There are sumerian tablets that are still preserved. These clay tablets are 1000-1500 years older than Moses's Law (writings of Hebrew OT in tablets) yet are still intact and writings are readable.

    Since there are nothing to hide, you can see those clay tablets were entirely not destroyed or lost throughout the millenia. But not for 'Old Testament'. They do not seem to want original hebrew scriptures to exist. Why is this?

    Why must Greek translations be used as guidance and assumed inpired? Are there unwanted contents in original Hebrew OT that they thought not suitable thus need to be rewrite?

    As for Greek "First Edition" of the Gospel, it was written around early 2nd century. Thats arguably 80- 100 years after the preaching of Jesus in Aramaic.

    'Fragment P52' oldest surviving Greek New Testament was in the time of Hadrian and has been challenged by Andreas Schmidt, who favours a date around 170 AD (late 2nd century).